First Look: Calatrava's Sharq Crossing in Doha, Qatar [video]
Three-bridge project will include underwater sections and public recreational areas, spanning a length of about 12 kilometers.
The government of Qatar has released details of Sharq Crossing, a massive infrastructure project designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. The work in Doha will include three bridges connected by underwater tunnels, spanning 12 km. When complete, the crossing will connect Hamad International Airport to the cultural district of Katara, as well as the central business district. The project will accommodate a people mover system as well as vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
About 8 km of the project is underwater. The three bridges range from 600 to 1,310 meters long.
“Architecture for public works humanizes the natural landscape and serves the community," said Calatrava. "The Sharq Crossing project for Doha is a great opportunity to develop an exceptional and grand piece of public work.”
The most complex of the bridges, West Bay, will include a park accessible by both an elevated walkway and a cableway. Fluor Corporation will manage the program, with construction projected to begin in 2015.
The video and images below give an idea of the scope of this unusual project.